“The only way to keep a secret is to make sure there’s no one alive to tell it.”
Piper Holden – Forty years old, wealthy, privileged, and the mother of twin teenagers. She is married to a financial advisor named Grey.
Julianne Hillier– is near in age to Piper Holden who has been her best friend since grade school. Julianne is also the mother of two and she is married to an abusive estate agent named Quiller.
Detective Constable Saul Anguish – newly appointed to the Major Crime Unit in coastal Essex. At only twenty-four years of age, Saul already harbors a dark past with some secrets that, if discovered, could end his promising career. To further complicate things, on his very first day he alienates his boss and falls in love with a beautiful co-worker who has blue hair.
Forensic Linguistic – Dr. Clover March – is in her twenties and sports hair which is a noticeable shade of blue. Very talented in her profession, she is hiding from her superiors the fact that she suffers from narcolepsy.
The Case – The Holden family have vanished. Their cars are in the garage. Their cell phones are plugged in charging in the kitchen. The children’s school bags are near the front door. Their wallets are still in the house. The coffee cups are still warm and the kitchen smells like toast. However the huge house is completely empty – all four people in the Holden family are gone…
Another twisty roller-coaster ride from the talented pen of Fiona Cummins. I read her “When I Was Ten” last year and loved it, so I had high expectations of this one – it didn’t disappoint, though I liked it a tad less than her previous book.
Peopled with rather unlikable characters, this was a cleverly plotted portrayal of embittered women and the lengths they will go to live their ‘best life’.
I loved the coastal setting rife with the smells and sounds of the sea.
I enjoyed the first part of the book best – when I hadn’t a clue what was going on and felt the puzzlement of the police investigators. Once I cottoned on to what was really transpiring I was equally invested in wondering if the perpetrators would get away with it…
The police duo of Saul Anguish and Clover March were definitely an interesting pair. Both seem to hold deep secrets, though Saul reminded me rather heavily of another fictional character named Dexter.
This is a novel packed full of suspense, treachery, betrayals, and morally corrupt individuals. Of debts owed, of double-crosses, fraud, meticulous planning, and secret lives.
“Into The Dark” was a clever and twisty thriller that will be appreciated by fans of the genre.I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Pan Macmillan via NetGalley – at my request, for my own reading enjoyment & the writing of this review.
Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror show business journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course.
She is the author of five best-selling thrillers: “Rattle“; “The Collector“; “The Neighbour“; “The Family Next Door“; and most recently “When I Was Ten“.
When Fiona is not writing, she can be found on Twitter, eating biscuits or walking her dog. She lives in Essex with her family.
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